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Major Garrett, of CBS News, who had accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker, has since declined and sends his regrets. He will be on assignment covering the South Carolina presidential primary.

East Bay Times

Journalists from the East Bay Times, in Walnut Creek, California, will revisit their extensive coverage of the December 2016 Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people at an Oakland warehouse party.

The Times won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for its efforts. One of its narrative stories, “The Last Hours of the Ghost Ship,” won enormous praise for taking readers inside the warehouse as the fire started, then raged out of control, and Oakland firefighters fought to save those inside, the Times story on the Pulitzer said.

Kevin Fagan and Brant Ward

Kevin Fagan is a veteran reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. He specializes in enterprise news-feature writing and breaking news, taking particular pleasure in ferreting out stories others might not find — from profiling the desperate lives of homeless drug addicts to riding the rails with hobos, finding people who sleep in coffins and detailing the intricacies of hunting down serial killers. 

From 2003 to 2006, Fagan was the only beat reporter in the United States covering homelessness full time. He has witnessed seven prison executions and has covered many of the biggest breaking stories of our time, from the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the Columbine High School massacre to the 2008 presidential election, the Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping case and the Occupy movement. 

Fagan has won more than 80 national and regional awards, including the national James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, as well as a Knight Fellowship to Stanford University.

Brant Ward is an award-winning photographer based in Sonoma County, California, with more than three decades’ experience documenting social issues, poverty, politics, major sporting events and human conflict all over the world. 

Before he retired as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, he was honored nationally for his work including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, POYi World Understanding award, the James Aronson award for Social Justice and the Harry Chapin Media award. Ward has also won awards from the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and local organizations. Ward is a champion of nonprofits and the underprivileged and brings a sense of compassion and humility to all his work.

Watch this space for additional keynote speakers as they sign on.

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